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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

I was looking into strong routers.

In our house we have 3 PC's which out of all 3 only 1 runs on a N Card. 

I was looking at the:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edimax-BR-6574N-Gigabit-Broadband-Router/dp/B001AIRPOA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

Seems to be good value for money.

Although would like some suggestions.

 

I currently have:

http://www.ciao.co.uk/Belkin_Wireless_G_Plus_MIMO_Router_Wireless_router__6634439

 

Looking for something better, as in my house our signal isn't very good with it.

 

Especially upstairs.

 

What would you guys suggest?

 

I have read a bit about other routers out there, but edimax seems to be a good bet. Especially seeing as my wireless card is an edimax one too. 

 

Thanks,

Dubbed

post #2 of 22

I've been through several routers, just replaced mine a few months back with this one http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Linksys-WRT610N-Simultaneous-Dual-N-Wireless/dp/B001AZ01EO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1275487741&sr=8-9

 

It does EVERYTHING very well! I love the simultaneous dual band feature, I put my XBOX and Wii on one side and all my computers on the other. That way I can stream Netflix without killing file transfers. Its a bit pricey but well worth it IMO.

post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by markkr View Post

I've been through several routers, just replaced mine a few months back with this one http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Linksys-WRT610N-Simultaneous-Dual-N-Wireless/dp/B001AZ01EO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1275487741&sr=8-9

 

It does EVERYTHING very well! I love the simultaneous dual band feature, I put my XBOX and Wii on one side and all my computers on the other. That way I can stream Netflix without killing file transfers. Its a bit pricey but well worth it IMO.


Seems a bit too pricy for my needs :)

 

What is the difference with getting dual band or not?

post #4 of 22
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any other ideas :(?

post #5 of 22

I just purchased an Asus N12 (b/g/n). It's not Gigabit, but the signal strength itself is pretty strong once you flash the firmware to DD-WRT. My router is in my bedroom, which is on the third of fourth floor of our apartment building. I can get a clean signal with my iphone from inside my car. 


Edited by Kirosia - 6/4/10 at 8:05pm
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post

I just purchased an Asus N12 (b/g/n). It's not Gigabit, but the signal strength itself is pretty strong once you flash the firmware to DD-WRT. My router is in my bedroom, which is on the third of fourth floor of our apartment building. I can get a clean signal with my iphone from inside my car. 


Thanks for the feedback :)

post #7 of 22

^ I also should mention this is with stock settings, DD-WRT allows you to boost the signal strength even further. (The router becomes hotter though.. I've read it's like OC'ing your PC)

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post

^ I also should mention this is with stock settings, DD-WRT allows you to boost the signal strength even further. (The router becomes hotter though.. I've read it's like OC'ing your PC)


lol, i wouldn't want to do that. As it's for home, where my mum would be using it as well.

 

Is the edimax i posted any good?

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post

^ I also should mention this is with stock settings, DD-WRT allows you to boost the signal strength even further. (The router becomes hotter though.. I've read it's like OC'ing your PC)


Most stock routers pump out 50-60mw... DD-WRT sets it to 70mw for stock.  With WRT54G's they can go to 90mw before you need to worry about extra cooling.

 

That said at work we have a WRT54G DD-WRT'ed pumping out 250mw outside that we use for an AP and it hasnt ever failed or needed a reboot.

post #10 of 22

 

 

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Is the edimax i posted any good?

No idea honestly. Never heard of them, but I'm no router expert either. I'd recommend a DD-WRT-able router, unless you're afraid to mess with the firmware. http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index


Edited by Kirosia - 6/5/10 at 10:47am
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post

 

 

No idea honestly. Never heard of them, but I'm no router expert either. I'd recommend a DD-WRT-able router, unless you're afraid to mess with the firmware. http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index


I personally wouldn't be confident with router settings. Never been a fan of messing with the internet connection.

post #12 of 22

^It really isn't that hard if you have some general knowledge about how computers work. This was my first router, if you can read step by step directions, you'd probably be fine. 

post #13 of 22

I'd just find a linksys/cisco router that fits your needs and price range. i don't know much about that edimax but i'd avoid belkin for sure. you can mix brands of cards with routers no problem, they all work on the same protocol. you probably dont need an N router just yet but it wouldn't be a bad idea to get one. the speed boost when using the N protocol is amazing, but you also need an N card.

post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by DarkSpoon View Post

I'd just find a linksys/cisco router that fits your needs and price range. i don't know much about that edimax but i'd avoid belkin for sure. you can mix brands of cards with routers no problem, they all work on the same protocol. you probably dont need an N router just yet but it wouldn't be a bad idea to get one. the speed boost when using the N protocol is amazing, but you also need an N card.


Thanks for the reply :)

post #15 of 22

I second the Linksys/Cisco router. I've had many brands, and found the Linksys's to be most reliable and gave best signal. In our current home, the router is strong enough to give good connections for machines anywhere in the house, which is a big colonial with finished basement. Router is currently on bedroom level, and my office is in a room in the basement at the other end of the house. I get consistent download speeds of 20mb over wireless N with about 3 bars signal strength. The Belkin couldn't cut it at all. I also used to have a wireless G router but needed range extenders to have full covereage. Go with Linksys wireless N and use wireless N adapters on the your machines.

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